Imported Flowers and Plants.
The UK is a small and crowded island, and there is not enough
land to grow crops to meet the demand. Flowers and plants have to be imported.
This is particularly important during the winter months, when low light and heat
levels mean that some crops are impossible to grow economically. Other countries
have brighter light, warmer weather, cheaper land and labour costs - which outweigh
the high cost of exporting flowers and plants. While many countries are starting
to grow flowers and plants commercially, there are a small number of countries
from which the UK imports most of its products. These are listed below, together
with the main crops they grow.
Canary Islands chrysanthemums,
Caribbean tropicals, foliage
Chile carnations, roses
standard & spray carnations, roses
Holland all flowers and pot plants
Israel roses, gypsophila, waxflower, anigozanthos, all summer flowers
Italy carnations, chrysanthemums, foliage,
Kenya roses, carnations,
spray carnations, statice
`Paper White' narcissi
South Africa proteas, strelitzia,
Spain carnations, chrysanthemums
The country we import the most cut flowers from is Holland
(but these may have come from other countries via their auction house system).
The UK also imports significant amounts from Colombia, Israel, and Kenya. We import
pot plants mainly from Holland, Belgium, and Denmark.